- Japan ('07, 2009-10, 2013), Denmark ('08, '11), Korea (2013), France ('08), Thailand ('09), China ('10)
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Omikuji and shimenawa

omikuji fukuoka

Kushida Jinja (櫛田神社)

Senjokaku (千畳閣) and 5-story pagoda (五重塔)

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rainy Miyajima

Descending Mount Misen (弥山)

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Miyajima’s Daishoin steps lined with Buddha statues

There are several ways up and down Mt. Misen on the island of Miyajima (AKA Itsukushima). Most people take the ropeway. Be adventurous and ascend and/or descend on foot instead, through Daishoin (大聖院) and these steps.

Yasukuni bijin

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koto (琴) performance at Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社) (Tokyo, Japan)

Today’s random, desktop image comes from my day after New Year’s Day visit to Yasukuni in 2010. I didn’t go to worship the war dead. I went because I was on my way home (via bike) after hearing the emperor’s New Year’s Day speech.

Voivod @ Oakland Metro Operahouse

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Voivod @ Oakland Metro (2/20/15)

@voivoddotnet @centurymedia @oaklandmetro @fuelandseed

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Napalm Death and Voivod poster in Oakland Metro

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Voivod’s new bassist – Rocky

With so many bands (six!) on the bill the set was a snappy 60 minutes. I would love to see Voivod again (in a less-crowded venue) perform for longer. Here is what they played:
Kluskap O’Kom
Tribal Convictions
Order of the Blackguards
Corps Étranger
We Are Connected
Astronomy Domine

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Snake tosses out the setlist on February 20, 2015


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Umeda Sky Building (梅田スカイビル – Osaka, Japan)

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